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UCI appeals Russian Cycling Federation decision to clear Olympic medallist over alleged positive test

UCI appeals Russian Cycling Federation decision to clear Olympic medallist over alleged positive test

Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014 but was cleared by her home federation of wrongdoing Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya taking bronze at the 2012 Olympics The UCI will appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport following the decision by the Russian Cycling Federation to acquit Olga Zabelinskaya of doping allegations. Zabelinskaya, who won bronze medals in both the road race and time trial at the London Olympics in 2012 , allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014.

Zabelinskaya’s sample, which was provided when she was racing in Latin America, apparently contained traces of the fat burner Octopamine. Early last month the Russian federation (FSVR) announced they had found in her favour and would be taking no further action.

In response to the acquittal, the UCI today released the following statement to Cycling Weekly: “On 16 December, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) filed an appeal before CAS against the RFC’S [FSVR] decision whereby Olga Zabelinskaya was cleared. Since the proceedings are ongoing, we won’t comment any further.”

Though the positive test was announced in July 2014, disagreements about jurisdiction caused a substantial delay. It was only in September 2015 that the Russian anti-doping authority (RUSADA) directed the FSVR […]

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